North Coast Events

The North Coast of NSW boasts lush hinterland, great surf beaches, and some of the most accessible coastline in Australia, and it's the ideal setting for some of the state’s top events and festivals.

Whether you’re keen to check out the local markets, enjoy food, wine and produce at some of the region’s food festivals, or see some of the top local and international music acts play some of Australia’s best festivals, the North Coasts’ packed events schedule offers something for you.

Just two hours north of Sydney, check out the events on offer in the harbour city of Newcastle, with everything from organic markets to gigs to top surfing events. Just a little further north in Port Stephens, fishing, boating and kid-friendly events are all the rage. The popular holiday towns of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour boast some fabulous music and sporting events, while Byron Bay and surrounds play host to some of the country’s top festivals.

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  1. Casino Spring Orchid Show

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, Casino

    Casino and District Orchid Society are hosting their annual Spring Orchid Show in the Anglican Church Hall Casino.Benching from 3pm to 6.30pm Wednesday 28 September and judging starts 7pm. Open...

    29 Sep -01Oct
  2. Old Bar Light the Night

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Old Bar

    Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. You can bring a little light into their lives by supporting a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night walk. Raise funds and walk with them this October to help...

    01 Oct
  3. Phat and Black Wallaby MTB Event

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Kempsey

    Hosted by KMORC and managed by Trail Terra.The name Phat Wallaby came to mind after a fat wallaby found itself under the bottom bracket of a MTB whilst riding down the cannonball trail with the gang behind....

    01 Oct
  4. Rockin' For West Papua - Newcastle

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Newcastle

    Rockin’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star...

    01 Oct
  5. Light Bites and Tasty Treats

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Four actors, nine plays and a fresh look at life’s really big issues.Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies answer all your seriously important questions, like: Is it okay to eat in McDonalds overseas? Is postmodern art...

    02 Oct -09Oct
  6. Byron Bay Community Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, Byron Bay

    Byron Bay Community Market is held on the first Sunday of each month, with additional markets held on the third Sunday of December and January.Byron Community Markets are a fanfare of colour and...

    02 Oct -04Dec
  7. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Ballina

    Two of Australia's most respected companies, Gamakatsu and Evinrude Etec have joined forces to present one of Australia's largest catch and photograph fishing tournaments, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza....

    02 Oct -03Oct
  8. This is Not Art

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Newcastle

    This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a free annual festival of experimental and emerging arts that has happened in Newcastle, Australia since 1998. Each year, thousands of people gather in...

    02 Oct
  9. The Art of Mindful Living Retreat

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Gosford Area

    Escape to a lush and peaceful sanctuary designed for meditating together, and located only 90 minutes north of Sydney. Relax, unwind, and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime. 'The art of mindful living' is...

    02 Oct -03Oct
  10. Harbourside Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 11 June 2017, Coffs Harbour

    An authentic outdoor market held every Sunday set alongside the Jetty Foreshore and historic jetty in Coffs Harbour.There is a huge range of unique art and craft, fresh local produce, tasty gourmet...

    02 Oct -11Jun
  11. Black Head Bazaar

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 7 May 2017, Kempsey Area

    The very popular Black Head Bazaar market has a wide variety of stalls selling local produce, native Australian plants, handmade clothing, jewellery, homemade cakes and slices. Food stalls and wonderful fresh roasted...

    02 Oct -07May
  12. Port Stephens Legacy Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 29 October 2017, Shoal Bay

    Legacy Markets in Port Stephens are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of every month. Located in beautiful surroundings close to the water front and walking distance to the town centre.You can find us at Neil...

    02 Oct -29Oct
  13. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Newcastle

    Mattara - Festival of Newcastle is a celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performances, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture...

    02 Oct -03Oct
  14. Malibu Classic

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Evans Head

    The best provincial longboarding in Australia will feature120 longboarders from Victoria to the Sunshine Coast competing in the annual Evans Head Malibu Classic, formally the Evans Head Longboard Invitational...

    02 Oct -03Oct
  15. Coffs Harbour Uptown Markets

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 27 November 2016, Coffs Harbour

    The Coffs Harbour Uptown Markets are held every Sunday (rain, hail or shine) under the Castle Street car park. It is the largest all weather markets on the Coffs Coast.There is a large variety of...

    02 Oct -27Nov
  16. Nimbin Spring Arts Exhibition

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Nimbin

    The annual Spring Arts Exhibition has been a feature presentation on Nimbin's cultural calendar for over 20 years.The exhibition presents an incredible variety of works by Nimbin's fine artists,...

    02 Oct -09Oct
  17. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Sunday 2 October to Saturday 25 November 2017, Pokolbin

    Handmade in the Hunter Markets - discover the variety and quality of goods grown, made, and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans. The markets are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and Saturday and...

    02 Oct -25Nov
  18. Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 18 December 2016, Ballina

    Ballina Missingham Farmers Market is on every Sunday. They are the best way to do your weekly shop - buying fresh fruit, vegetables, and other produce directly from the grower.At Farmers Markets...

    02 Oct -18Dec
  19. An Afternoon of Jazz Delights

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Ettalong Beach

    Hetty Kate Quintet presents an Afternoon of Jazz DelightsJoin Hetty and her outstanding band, John Harkins piano; Sam Rollings guitar; Brendan Clarke double bass and Andrew Dickeson drums as they weave a...

    02 Oct
  20. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 1 January 2017, Port Macquarie

    50 large scale koala sculptures dot the landscape from the mountains to the sea to create the Hello Koalas Public Art Sculpture Trail.Celebrating one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and...

    02 Oct -01Jan
  21. Wildwood Music festival

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Port Macquarie

    Wildwood is a boutique music festival set in the beautiful grounds of Cassegrain Winery on the Sunday of the October long weekend. The festival has a broad appeal with a focus on being family friendly. A great way to...

    02 Oct
  22. Thomas the Tank Engines Timbertown Adventure

    Sunday 2 October to Tuesday 4 October 2016, Wauchope

    Thomas the Tank Engines' Timbertown Adventure will be three days packed full of Thomas fun! Tickets include unlimited Steam Train rides behind Thomas the Tank Engine as well as unlimited rides on the Horse and...

    02 Oct -04Oct
  23. Mal's Blues Bar

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Yamba

    Yamba Golf and Country Club's back deck becomes a 'blues central' on the last Sunday of every month with Australia's premier electric guitarist Mal Eastick and monthly invitational guest performing....

    02 Oct -30Oct
  24. Grown and Gathered Community Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, Port Macquarie

    This local community market is fast becoming known as the region's friendliest market. The premise of the market was originally based on the idea of "re-use, recycle, repurpose" with local valley residents...

    02 Oct -04Dec
  25. Breakfast in the Beds

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Port Macquarie

    Come along for a morning in the pristine Hastings hinterland, 40 kilometres inland from Port Macquarie.Roam around the organic market farm Near River.Collect just laid eggs and pick the freshest...

    02 Oct
  26. Wings Over Macleay

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Kempsey

    Wings Over Macleay will now be held on 1 and 2 October 2016.The Air Show will be held over two days, with both static displays and flying displays of aircraft from "HARS" the Historical Aircraft...

    02 Oct

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